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Dunno what I am doing with this or if it will go anywhere. Idea was to base it off of the IOWA sketch from STO and alter things up. Like removing the upper mounted (I assume variable geo) Nacelles for more of a miranda like underslung arrangement. Maybe. Anyhow as said just some messing about for now. it might lead to something more or just die off in a corner somewhere.
dunno, wasting a lot of time with nacelles.
It is based on this thing. I have done no drawings or expanded work up. Just opened max and started at it. I have intentionally upscaled the ship in size as I think the original was too small. She appeared to be about 100m (KIM the nacelles are MUCH shorter) mine is 190ish m or 140m sans nacelles. The image should have call outs for parts I have on mine. Only thing I will not do is stick phasers all over it and all over major elements like engines or across what clearly are rooms or other machinery.
I am still trying to justify the hunched back, I have lowered the elevation a lot compared to the drawing. ATM it is being retained mostly for the shapes it produces on the rear view of the ship. Primarily I am aiming to retain the overall silhouette of the ship and some elements of it.
Changes, I have removed the battleship pented front to the superstructure and moved to a rounded front on it and the bridge housing. Replaced those meh struts with heavy pylons that flow with the adjoining deck, I will likely thin these out later on. The connection to the nacelles is bleh as it overlaps that lit area. I will have to look at altering things to clear that area up. The nacelles in of themselves will have that parted together look most of my post TNG stuff has.
I really do need to look at that hull below all of the impulse greebly area as that is a huge flat area of hull that I just do not like. I am sort of toying with the idea of sticking some large observation or lounge rooms somewhere off the back "saucer" area but I do not want to put them right under the drives. Maybe in those funny triangle/pentagon things that flank the central hull. SHRUG.
I vaguely remember this design, like it so far.
Anyhow updates are mostly the meh doodahs in the central hull. I am still not so sure about having torps near the top of the hull behind that round thing. But trek mantra shields go ship usually goes as the weapons can easily breach anything of a sizeable girth so burying components is a bit moot. Something many forget. Either case it still bothers me some that they are so near the surface as well as a thin area of the hull then add in the fact they are pretty much inline with the nacelles. I dunno how much that would disrupt a field vs it firing offset to the central axis/equatorial. HAH um, also I have no idea what that greeble facing front will be, lounge, windows, some sensor, dealies, vents, whatevers?
Nice work, the resemblance to the Saber-class is really apparent, it's gorgeous.
apparently I forgot to upload these too.
I get so excited when I look at there angles here. I like the deflector effect here.
If I may suggest something to try? That circular object directly above the aft conference room? Wrap a 360 phaser strip around it.
ATM I am considering changing out and altering the nacelle positions etc to see if I can at least clear a lateral field of view from that area as I have considered either a pulse phaser turret, of course it would replace all the torpedo bits which would be relocated elsewhere.
Real joke of this design as it sits is the bottom of that central hull has a better line of sight than any uplifting of the upper decks provides.
Those weapons pods though I dislike pods or snap on upgrade crap have been kept from the original art and as a means to balance the shape of the ship. It is also part of what got me to do the ship really the fore or aft view of the ">--<" shape stands out quite a bit.
Mulling about with ideas on the nacelles. My first thought of making these a more traditional arrangement is not sitting well with the design so I am considering doing something with a cutaway closer to the original design. I am just attempting to avoid the bussard layout on the original as I really dislike that style. Using influence from the Eaves drawings that he did for the early STO concepts. AGAIN only relation this has are concept works I have not played the game and likely never will.
Top is what would have been, as I am considering the bottom image for the replacement and positioning them like they are in the concept drawing, removing the strut structure in the process.
an arse view is added.
as well as those ministruts I mentioned.
I have also decided I need to clean up the ass end of all those greeble bits in between the hull plates. Just too much crap going on in there.